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St Albans District

Religion

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In St Albans District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,245) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

St Albans District's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.

St Albans District's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with other ethnicity statistics such as Country of Birth data and Language Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
St Albans District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic13,58627.931.115,44833.235.9-1,862
Buddhism7,18214.810.87,75116.611.8-569
Islam2,6415.45.82,5195.45.6+122
Christian,nfd2,0314.23.56781.51.5+1,353
Sikhism1,9834.12.61,2992.82.0+684
Greek Orthodox1,6883.54.31,9074.14.9-219
Hinduism1,2932.72.91,0122.22.2+281
Anglican1,0112.13.11,4503.14.5-439
Macedonian Orthodox7401.51.51,0462.22.0-306
Pentecostal6221.31.44400.91.0+182
Baptist6001.21.54911.11.2+109
Serbian Orthodox3310.70.54691.00.6-138
Uniting Church2990.61.04230.91.5-124
Presbyterian and Reformed2670.50.93880.81.1-121
Other Protestant2370.50.52440.50.4-7
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1840.40.3590.10.2+125
Jehova's Witnesses1800.40.41760.40.4+4
Other Oriental Orthodox1490.30.4780.20.2+71
Coptic Orthodox1470.30.41520.30.4-5
Other Eastern Catholic1200.20.2470.10.1+73
Seventh Day Adventist1140.20.21020.20.2+12
Lutheran1010.20.22020.40.4-101
Other Eastern Orthodox480.10.18791.91.6-831
Russian Orthodox440.10.1750.20.1-31
Salvation Army290.10.1250.10.1+4
Other Non-Christian Religions290.10.1570.10.1-28
Churches of Christ240.00.1320.10.1-8
Chinese and Japanese Religions220.00.190.00.0+13
Other Nature Religions120.00.0150.00.0-3
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Summary
St Albans District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total22,56546.451.924,89253.458.7-2,327
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total13,18027.122.312,69927.321.9+481
Non-classifiable religious belief
2230.50.52200.50.5+3
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,76315.916.94,5189.711.0+3,245
Not stated
4,5939.48.44,2519.17.9+342

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: 31.1% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, St Albans District: 27.9% Buddhism, St Albans District: 14.8% Islam, St Albans District: 5.4% Christian,nfd, St Albans District: 4.2% Sikhism, St Albans District: 4.1% Greek Orthodox, St Albans District: 3.5% Hinduism, St Albans District: 2.7% Anglican, St Albans District: 2.1% Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans District: 1.5% Pentecostal, St Albans District: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, St Albans District: -1,862 Buddhism, St Albans District: -569 Islam, St Albans District: +122 Christian,nfd, St Albans District: +1,353 Sikhism, St Albans District: +684 Greek Orthodox, St Albans District: -219 Hinduism, St Albans District: +281 Anglican, St Albans District: -439 Macedonian Orthodox, St Albans District: -306 Pentecostal, St Albans District: +182
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of St Albans District in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 73.4% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.9% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in St Albans District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.9% of the population or 13,586 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of St Albans District and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (14.8% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Sikhism (4.1% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.9% compared to 31.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in St Albans District between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,862 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+1,353 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-831 persons)
  • Sikhism (+684 persons)
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